London Protest against the criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary

 
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Date(s) - 15/02/2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Embassy of Hungary

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London Protest against the criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary
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Dear everyone, there will be a protest against criminalisation in front of the Hungarian Embassy next Saturday. (In that weekend, there will be protests by local groups in other cities as well, from Vienna to New York, and from Dublin to Paris.) Please help us by coming to the event and by inviting others! Thanks

Park near the Hungarian Embassy, London

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We invite our friends all over the world to join our struggle against the criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary.

The 2010 election brought a comprehensive authoritarian and punitive turn in Hungary: constitutional democracy was essentially abolished; labour rights were curtailed; entitlement to welfare benefits was restricted and a harsh workfare regime was implemented; asylum-seekers became subject to an unjustifiable detention regime; increasingly severe penal policies were introduced with disproportionate sanctions; the surveillance of state employees was authorised on an unprecedented scale. Since the transition to capitalism in 1990, the poverty rate and the level of income inequality have never been as high as now.

Despite years of advocacy and protests, homelessness became a punishable offence in Hungary. In November 2012, the Constitutional Court struck down a law that criminalised street homelessness, arguing that the state should address homelessness as a social and not a criminal issue. In response, the governing party decided to change the Constitution itself, enabling local governments to punish “habitual residence in public spaces”. Homeless people can already be subjected to compulsory community work, monetary fine and imprisonment in most parts of Budapest, and several local authorities outside of the capital are also criminalising homelessness.

We, homeless and ally members of The City is for All are asking you to help us abolish this inhumane piece of legislation and express your solidarity with homeless people in Hungary.

We are organising a protest in front of the Hungarian embassy or consulate in London. Please bring cameras to make pictures and videos that later you can send to ‘The City is for All’ group so they we can publicise on their website and Facebook-page the international protest against the ongoing war on poor people in Hungary.

We hope that you will find a way to support our struggle. If you have any question regarding the event to be organised, the documentation, or the criminalisation of homelessness itself, please contact us at avarosmindenkie@gmail.com.

Thank you for all your support!

Further information:

* infographic video on the “homeless-free zones” in Budapest (with English text and subtitles): http://goo.gl/bGPPzi

* a recent article that discusses the wider context of criminalisation of homelessness in Hungary (in English):

http://goo.gl/sVIGcQ

* English translation of the main legislation on criminalisation: http://goo.gl/1c8bxN

* video of our most recent civil disobedience action against criminalisation (with English subtitles): http://goo.gl/x6X5C7

* video of our most recent street protest against criminalisation (with English subtitles): http://goo.gl/vTrtwy

* a video of one of our earlier civil disobedience action against criminalisation (with English subtitles): http://goo.gl/a3CQwx

* a video on criminalisatoin by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union: http://goo.gl/IwPSBL

* previous acts of international solidarity: http://goo.gl/Wh2Abk

 
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